Elected officials in Minneapolis mishear the voice of the people by concentrating on marginal bleats. It's time to restore true democracy.
Most people would agree that democracies exist to govern according to the views and desires of those who live within them. Although that sounds like a simple objective, implementing it is less straightforward.
In school we were told that early American colonists gathered occasionally in town centers to discuss issues and make decisions. But as governments encompass expanded geographic areas and populations, direct democracy becomes too unwieldy a process and officials are typically elected to make decisions that affect their constituents. Hence, the term “representative democracy.”
Both governments and other organizations that elect representatives differ in how much input leaders seek from those who elected them, and in the ways in which such input is obtained. Among state, county and city governments, park boards and school boards — among governing bodies in nonprofit organizations, business corporations, unions, condominium associations, etc. — some go out of their way to obtain constituent input, while others seem to believe, even if they don’t state, “We know what our people want.”
Such leaders espouse the view that, once elected, it’s up to them to make the decisions they believe best meet true needs — with little reference to the conscious wishes of their constituency.
Read entire OpEd HERE.
"Vox popu-lie: Elected officials in Minneapolis mishear the voice of the people"; By Doug R. Berdie; StarTribune OPINION EXCHANGE; October 25, 2019
Doug R. Berdie, of Minneapolis, is a semiretired marketing executive and researcher.
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